The NSW Government has approved a $40 million project to refurbish university-owned terraces in inner-city Darlington to provide more safe and affordable accommodation for students.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes says the approval of the terraces on Darlington Road, which are owned by the University of Sydney, will provide affordable single and double room accommodation for 336 students and visiting academics.

“Darlington Terraces will be renovated and four new buildings built providing new and improved student housing in the heart of the inner-city and within minutes of public transport,” says Stokes.

“While COVID-19 may have halted the flow of international students to our city, our borders will reopen at some stage. University accommodation is also widely used by students from regional NSW and other states so it’s important we continue planning for our future.”

According to professor Stephen Garton vice chancellor and principal of the University of Sydney, “The cost of housing in Sydney can be prohibitive which is why we have worked so hard with the NSW Government to provide a range of affordable housing options for our community.

“What is especially pleasing about this project are the broader benefits for the local area including new landscaping, park upgrades and public art,” he says. 

The proposal involves the refurbishment of Darlington Road terraces which currently houses 151 students. Four new buildings, between two and four storeys, will be built behind the terraces.

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